We all get it: Getting everything started is way harder than staying in action.
The force that needs to be overcome to set something in motion is always a lot higher than keeping everything in motion. So, it never is a straightforward and templated approach in getting a new job from never having had any before. It would be more challenging.
Experience often equates to practice and learning. It translates with less learning curve and less effort to be familiar with the nature of the job. So, your potential employers will always readily favor someone who’s had one.
One who is experienced does the task at hand efficiently.
While companies are willing to pay for the people to fill in for the role that you want to get, they do not want to spend more money so you can learn before you can do the job.
Once you apply, you should do the work. Without experience, you are seen as a burden. That’s where the challenge is. You need to change their perspective about you. And it will take so much work. It is not to discourage. But to prepare for the battle ahead and so you end up coveting the post.
1. Show Them What You’ve Got: Show off Your Skills.
It couldn’t be understated enough that your skills will be your saving grace. Your job experience may not be on the books, but that doesn’t mean you are not eligible. You can counter your lack of experience with your home-grown expertise. It will help you to be a great asset to your employer. Before you apply, though, you need to have gained them and practiced them on your own. Exhibit your outputs as proof of your achievements with your skills; a portfolio can help.
Show off means show off your outputs. Broadcast what you have done on your own with it. It has to be extraordinary. Not only that, it exceeds expectations, but also it is professional. You don’t want to be looked down on as a newbie for a highly competitive post, so don’t give them any ground in doing so. Don’t let your finished product be against you. Don’t produce and attempt to flaunt a half-baked output.
Create, create, and create!
Do not neglect quality. Create as if you are the owner. Strive for excellence. In the smallest detail possible, your creation should speak of hard work and talent. It always needs to be well-crafted. Turn your skills into your strength. Let it be seen and felt.
2. Have an Impeccable Character and Sincerity
Character means your intentions, how you carry yourself, your vision, dedication, and your sincerity. Your character doesn’t only manifest with the words you say. It only does through your actions and how you look.
The first thing you can capitalize on is your appearance. A classic saying goes, “The first impression lasts.” While this isn’t true all the time, you can jump on this opportunity to catapult your chances of getting hired.
Your appearance is the first thing that can be said about you. Make it count. Grab someone’s attention in a positive way because you look great. Then build up from there. Use that the image that was built for your natural look. Savor and use every small opportunity that you have. Consider them small wins and apply those small victories to snag your ultimate triumph.
If you really want to land that job, dress up for it. Roll up your sleeves and earn it. As part of the extra challenge that it comes with, you need to exert more effort in every little way possible.
If you fake your passion, it will make everything else more difficult. So, be sincere in all areas of it. It’s the magic that allows you to think of other creative ways of landing a job or any coveted post without having had any before. So, get your vision should. Coincide and complement it with the vision of the company.
3. Develop Your Communication Skills
Excellent communication skills – both verbal and written – will take you anywhere. It’s a timeless asset. Be confident while speaking—practice talking speaking in public with confidence. Make every word you say convincing. Make each of them count. Remember that when you are applying for a job you are selling yourself. It’s way even harder to make a sale if you haven’t had any track record of a successful sale before.
You need to present well. It doesn’t only include dressing up. Much more than that, it also includes your eloquence. You have to carry yourself everywhere that you go. Communication is a very indispensable craft that will help you achieve great feats.
The way you speak also represents not only your credibility but also your competence.
Practice, practice, practice! Be careful and meticulous with your tone and the words that you choose. Keep in mind that every little action can count in favor of or against you.
4. Be Honest with Your Goals and with What You Can Contribute
Do not chicken on what you can do. Do not be shy about what you want to achieve. Your honesty will always be very appreciated. Be direct about what and why you want the job.
It must be a mutual relationship. Show them your strengths and make them realize that they will significantly benefit from that. Highlight them. You have your weaknesses. Your advantages should outweigh them.
Be specific about your goals. While money is a crucial motivator and the elephant in the room, you will want to show them that you have deeper roots than working hard for money. Be growth-driven. Much as that you are honest with your goals, you have to be honest with how you can uniquely contribute. Be an advantage to the company. Make yourself shine. Start with what you have at hand. Estimate what you can learn while you are on the job. Work hard in the present for the future.
5. Be a Learning Machine and a Leader
Learn and gain as many skills as possible. Do not ever be complacent.
Read, read, read. Be a jack-of-all-trades as it will get you a long way. Wear all the hats.
You should be able to do your boss’s job. You must be able to fill into her role if a need comes for that. The only way to do that is by being multi-skilled.
I possess a combination of different practical skills. Be someone that people can depend on. Not only that, you are self-reliant, your colleagues – or soon-to-be ones should also be able to rely on you. Learn the processes and be incisive.
Think of yourself, not an employee trying to get a job. Perceive yourself as a leader and continuously look for improvement.
A Note of Encouragement
Be up for the challenge.
Exert more effort and work smarter. That doesn’t, however, mean working harder than everyone else. You need to be smart with your actions to get the maximum gains for your time and labor. When it comes to any workplace, both quantity and quality should come hand-in-hand.
To increase your chances of getting hired for your first job, be overqualified for it in all areas of professional life. That talks from your work ethic to your skill to your character.
Applying a job is getting the company to invest in you. You can consider yourself as a startup. Your product is your self. So, you don’t need to have a proven track record of having done the task at hand before.
What counts is what you can do at the given moment to contribute to the growth of the company. The tips above are not exclusive in snagging your first job. It also applies to every endeavor that you will take with you in the future.